Paul Hamilton of CoCreate has a blog entry that I wanted to share with you. He talks about the confusion in the market in 2009 over history-based versus history-free modeling.
He makes some good distinctions between what some of the large history-based parametric companies are trying to do versus what true 3D Direct Modelers are today.
He also correctly comments that 3D Direct modelers are making large gains in terms of functionality and productivity, where the history-based modelers are not. I believe the history-based modelers are focusing on PLM and PDM, because their modelers are complex and need complex and costly PLM and PDM solutions.
Here is a link to his blog and the comments:2009-year-of-confusion.html
Please feel free to comment here or on Paul's blog.
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